Dec 30, 2016

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Fun and Responsible Ways to Include Your Kids on Your Next Hunting Trip

Whether you’ve long enjoyed the thrill of hunting or are still relatively new at it, one thing likely holds true. This is an exciting pastime that allows you to get out, enjoy fresh air, and experience the many wonders of nature. You’re certainly not alone in these feelings. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 16 million Americans participated in hunting activities in 2011 alone, and this includes children as young as six years old.
If you’re ready to share your enthusiasm with hunting with your kids, you may be disappointed if they don’t seem to be as excited as you are. However, there are things you can do to encourage their participation that will at least give them a taste of the many thrills to be experienced.

Don’t Push It Too Hard at First

Child And Father On A Bike

While we often don’t consider it, children have their own preferences and interests. Just as you don’t appreciate solicitors telling you what you need, kids don’t want to be pushed to do things they don’t want to do. Therefore, on your first hunting trip with the kids, make sure you don’t push them too far. Instead, if they seem to be getting bored after a couple of hours, go ahead and pack up for the day. You likely could enjoy an entire evening of hunting, but kids are known to have short attention spans, and you want to ensure they don’t hold any negative thoughts about their first trip.

Encourage Nature Hunts – Turtles Make Great Pets

Let’s face it. As a child, there are certain things you can’t do on a hunting trip that you can when you’re an adult. For example, the adults are the ones who get to experience the thrill of watching a prospect through the rifle scope. To ensure your kids feel included during every step of the way, provide them with a list of animals to locate during the trip that are native to your geographic area. You can then go home and teach them about the animals they found. In fact, you can even bring a part of nature home with you. For example, turtles can make great pets, and you can turn a hunting trip into a long-term nature study when you’re able to provide one with a proper home. If you do, just a few things to consider include:

  • Ensure they have a proper tank that allows them enough room to roam depending on their size.
  • Invest in a quality turtle tank filter to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Make sure they are fed and watered every day. This can also prove to be a great way to teach your kids responsibility.

Bring Plenty of Snacks

What kid doesn’t like a snack? When you bring snacks along for your hunting trip, not only does it encourage them to have a good time, but it also gives your children a positive association with hunting. If you want to take that positivity to a new level, consider purchasing snack items your kids have never tried and make that investment a family ritual they can rely on every time you decide to go out. This is something that will stick in their minds and remember when they grow up and maybe even decide to share with their own children someday.

An Activity the Whole Family Can Enjoy

 

The world is a much different place than it was just a few short years ago, and kids these days have so many resources at their fingertips with the media and Internet. According to a recent poll, there are a number of reasons kids report for their lack of experiencing natural areas. Just a few of these include:

  • Lack of transportation to get to these areas
  • Hesitation to encounter bugs and other pests
  • Inclement weather or high heat

Many children simply haven’t been provided the proper motivation to have the desire to spend more time outdoors. However, when you follow these helpful tips, you can ignite their inner outdoorsman spirit and introduce an activity that can bring the whole family together.

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